Written by Judaea Payne
We are sad to post that, Gerald “Buddie” Tiller, leading member of rap group Dem Franchize Boyz, who are best known for their hit songs “I Think They like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It, died this weekend. The group who also featured Parlae (Maurice Gleaton), Jizzal Man (Bernard Leverette), and Pumpin’ (Jamal Willingham) — revealed his death in an Instagram post on Sunday. “R.I.P Buddie you will be missed #demfranchizeboyz,” the post read, with photos of the four men together from their time as a group. They formed in 2002, but went on a permanent hiatus in 2008. Fellow DFB member Parlae honored the late rapper on Instagram, posting photos of them together with a lengthy tribute that revealed that Buddie died from cancer.
“LOST our Brother @ayeegamer Today to CANCER #RestEasyBuddie#RipWeeFli The shit we did together was World Changing.,” he wrote. “You was the 1 who got me to go to College & that started us on this Music wave. We became millionaire in 1 year & changed the face of music. Then we went on to start our label 10 ENT to put our lil bros in place to Win with us.” “You was my roommate in college, when we first start doing shows & we could only get 2 rooms @pimpinbeatz & @manjizzal already knew me & you was together,” he added of their two other group members. Parlae mentioned that in the post that he and Buddie “haven’t been on the same page for years,” but said “the LOVE I have for you Never Ended.”
The Rapper Jermaine Dupri, who signed the group to “So So Def” in 2006, also paid tribute to the late rapper on Instagram. “They call me Doctor Doc” I prescribe what a n— need” #ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #fuckcancer,” Dupri, 46, captioned an old photo of Buddie. They went on to produced three studio albums before going on dismantling in 2008. We at Music Xclusives send our prayers and well wishes to Gerald Tiller friends, and family at this time. For update on this story stay tuned to Music Xclusives for updates, and share your thoughts on this story.
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